By Dipo Olowookere
At least N1.1 billion would be needed for the total renovation of the Suleja General Hospital in Niger State, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has revealed.
Mr Bello explained that the decision to renovate the health facility was in compliance with his administration’s restoration agenda following the infrastructural decay in the hospital due to many years of neglect.
He made this known when some elders and leaders of the All Progressives Party (APC) from the town led by Mr Abubakar Lado, member representing Suleja/Tafa/Gurara Federal constituency in the House of Representatives, paid him a courtesy visit.
“With the rate of expansion of Suleja and the neglect the overstretched General Hospital has suffered over the years that has led to gross infrastructural decay, we have resolved to carry out total renovation of the hospital to enable it meet the health needs of our people,” he told his guests.
The Governor explained that, “The renovation will involve the rehabilitation of wards, consulting rooms, installation of state of the art medical equipment, laboratory facilities, doctor’s and nurses’ quarters. The project will be costing government N1.1billion.”
Mr Bello also unveiled plans to address the water challenges being faced by the residents of the commercial city.
According to him, “We are almost through with the Minna water scheme and we are moving into Suleja to address the challenges at the Suleja Water Works. We are carrying out a holistic overhaul of Suleja water works as well as the reticulation network within the city and neighbouring towns.”
The Governor also said that in meeting the environmental hazards associated with growing cities like Suleja, two new fire stations would be built in the town to complement the newly rehabilitated township fire station.
He then called on the people of the area to remain committed in meeting their civic responsibilities to the state as he reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to its restoration agenda.
Earlier the leader of the team, Mr Lado, pledged the continued support of the people of the administration of Governor Sani Bello. He commended the efforts of the governor at ensuring even distribution of dividends of democracy across the length and breadth of the state.
The delegation expressed appreciation to the governor for considering some of their sons for appointments.
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